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This is an important early work on Vietnam first published in French in Rome in 1650. Alexandre de Rhodes (1591-1660) was a Jesuit priest who devoted most of his life to missionary work in Vietnam. He wrote the first Vietnamese catechism and had a major influence on Vietnamese writing. He was a gifted linguist who mastered Vietnamese in only six months. He went on to compile the first Portuguese-Latin-Vietnamese dictionary. He was also one of the first to attempt to Romanize the Vietnamese alphabet, in other words to write it using western characters. The present day national language of Vietnam, Quoc Ngu, is based on his original phonetic and transliteration work. As a missionary Rhodes was constantly battling with the local pagan priests, was exiled twice and nearly sentenced to death for his teachings. Rhodes claimed in his reports that he converted more than 6,000 Vietnamese. He also worked as a missionary in China, Macao and Persia, but his true love was for the Vietnamese people. This is the first Latin edition. The engraved map is one of the earliest to show Vietnam in detail and is centred on the Gulf of Tongking and Hainan. It extends to Macao in the east, the borders of Laos and Quang Ngai in the south. Cordier Sinica 2080; Suarez ‘Early Mapping of Southeast Asia’ p. 216-7.
RHODES, Alexandre de

Tunchinensis Historie libri duo, quorum altero status temporalis hujus regni. Altero mirabiles Evangelic? Pr?dicationis progressus referuntur. Coept? per patres Societatis Jesu, ab Anno 1627 ad Annum 1646

Joan Baptiste Devenet, Lyon, 1652
Small quarto, two parts in one. With vignette title-page, folding engraved map, engraved headpieces and initial letters, lightly browned and foxed, eighteenth century calf, rebacked preserving original gilt decorated spine (rubbed), corners showing.
Stock number: 5023

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